We’re all familiar with the blue badge that allows the less able of us to park closer to their destination.  It is being replaced with something called the carte mobilité inclusion (CMI).  Here are the steps to apply for one in France.

What is it?

A card which allows the holder to park for free and for as long as they wish in all public parking spaces.

The local municipality can decide to limit the time allowed, but in any case it can not be less than 12 hours.

But please note that you may have to pay if you park in a car park with barriers that can be reached by the disabled from their vehicle.

Who qualifies?

  • Anyone who has a long term and significant reduction in his/her ability to get around by him/herself on foot.
  • Or anyone who needs a third person to help them get about (for example a person with a mental or sensory defect)

The state deems anyone who meets the following criteria to have reduced mobility/be unable to get about by him/herself:

  • A person who can not walk for more than 200m
  • A person who routinely has to use an aid to walk (human, cane, other equipment operated with one or two upper limbs, vehicle for handicapped people)
  • A person with a false leg.
  • A person who needs to use oxygen equipment every time they leave the house.
  • Anyone who routinely uses a wheelchair is considered to fulfill the conditions whether or not they can use it alone and without a problem.

If you are a registered war invalid you have to apply for a different card.

What to do

  1. Fill in Form Cerfa no 1378*01.  You can download it here.  And the explanatory notes (in French) are here.
  2. See your doctor and get a medical certificate,  This is a special form for applying for services from the Maison départementale des personnes handicappées.  This is an example certificate to take to the doctor to be filled in.
  3. Get together the usual identity papers i.e. a copy of your passport, proof of address (utility bill etc), proof that you are allowed to live in France if not an EU citizen.
  4. Get a passport photo.
  5. Take photocopies of everything just in case.
  6. Send all of it off to the nearest Maison départementale des personnes handicappées, preferably as a registered letter.  You can put in your postcode to find your nearest office on the government website.

Once you have it

The card is awarded either permanently if you qualify for the personal autonomy allowance and you are rated in group 1 or 2 of the AGGIR (Autonomy, Gerontology, IsoResources Groups) rating table which is used to see how much help the disabled require.

Alternatively it is renewable at most annually or less frequently depending on your situation.

You must place it on the windscreen inside the vehicle and take it out when you are no longer using it.

It is valid in all EU countries so can also be used across the border in Spain.

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